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Dec 16 2015

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Revamped, Repurposed Condo Bath

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The 12-in. by 12-in. floor tile color is Gray Penny
Porcelain Mosaic from Floor & Décor.

I went to my friend Chandler Brown’s house last weekend for a holiday open house, but I think he really wanted to show off his newly remodeled bathroom, which is awesome. I do not have a “before” picture, but believe me, there is a huge difference in the adjustments he chose to make to the space. My iPhone pictures do not do the space justice.

“The bathroom was very dated with original, apartment-style finishes,” said Brown, “and I wanted a new, updated look with more functionality.”

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Another issue was the 30-in. vanity, which he had to lean down to use because most are a 36-in. standard height. He decided to have the entire space gutted from floor to ceiling and made the following improvements:

  • – The laminate floors were replaced with tile.
  • – The built-in vanity was replaced with a taller unit with legs for a more furniture-style look.
  • – The pre-fab garden tub is now a floor-to-ceiling, spa-like, glass-enclosed shower.

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Brown purchased the shower and
wall tiles from Home Depot.

“My contractor was amazing and helped me choose materials that would be functional, long lasting and modern,” said Brown. “Working with him, I selected tiles that were aesthetically pleasing and were in keeping with the other design elements in my home.”

Brown had a budget to renovate one room in his condo – the kitchen or the bathroom – another decision the contractor helped him make.

“We ultimately went with bathroom because it was in need of better functionality, whereas the kitchen was more aesthetics,” he said. “Once we decided on the room, the contractor recommended we do the entire bathroom, including flooring, painting, new baseboards, new toilet…to have consistency among finishes while staying on budget.”

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Dec 10 2015

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A Little 1950s Charm

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Big gifts come in small boxes, and great designs often start with small rooms. For designer Allison Jaffe of Austin, Texas-based Allison Jaffe Interior Design, one tiny bathroom offered up the opportunity to create a little charm.

“Spatially, there was a standard 3-ft. by 3-ft. shower in a tight, little 1950’s bathroom,” said Jaffe.

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By taking out the linen closet next to the shower and taking some of the space from a closet behind the shower, Jaffe squeezed in a little more square footage into the space. Then there was just the dated aesthetic with the very 50’s-esque turquoise and yellow subway tile to tackle.

“We wanted to keep that 1950s feel, but modernize it with new features,” said Jaffe.

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The classic subway tile stayed on the bottom half of the wall, and small square tiles still grace the floor. Now though, a soft blue-green tile under a wainscoting detail lends a serene ambiance to the room and wraps  into the shower. The rest of the walls are painted a matching color.

“We used that blue tile to punch it up,” she added.

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A shaker-style, white vanity keeps the bath traditional and classic.

“You can’t go wrong with shaker,” said Jaffe. “But rather than standard legs, I did ones with a little more decorative profile. It’s something charming, and besides looking pretty, it’s really functional as well in terms of storage.”

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Nov 30 2015

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Small Space Living Design Tips

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Beverly Hills award-winning designer Christopher Grubb shared his design tricks and tips on LX.TV’s “Open House” for making smaller spaces pop through the use of color and multi-functional furniture.

“Interior design for a small space can be surprisingly exciting on a grand scale,” said Grubb, president and founder of Arch-Interiors Design Group.

His top tips for designing small spaces include:

– Incorporate multi-functional furniture, such as buffets that do double duty for storage and serving food when entertaining.

– Paint the walls to match a drapery color to make a room feel more expansive and comfortable.

– When working with high ceilings, use color and don’t be afraid to go bold; the contrast draws the eyes upward and helps elongate the room.

– Use smaller-scale furniture in tighter spaces; lower-profile chairs with open sides will feel less encroaching than taller pieces.

– Incorporate stools in rich patterns or bold colors. They can serve as “art” for the room while also making great extra seating for guests.

Select a dining table with small leaves that pull out when needed.

Select a dining table with small leaves that pull out when needed.

– In a dining area, add a cantilevered buffet piece. It’s perfect for additional storage, plus it gives a lofty “floating” feeling since it leaves the floor visible to the wall. “It’s also perfect for serving during dinner parties,” added Grubb.

– Select a dining table with small leaves that pull out when needed. And don’t buy more folding chairs. Using chairs you have in the living area can result in a very exciting setup for dinner parties.

Oct 29 2015

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A Look at an Inspirational Design Studio

The Atlanta Studio has many predetermined, professionally designed color palettes and vignettes for inspiration and easy selection.

The Atlanta Studio has many predetermined, professionally designed color palettes and vignettes for inspiration and easy selection.

Atlanta-based national homebuilder Ashton Woods has opened its new state-of-the-art design studio – The Studio – where preliminary homeowners can work with designers to select the interior finishes they want in their new homes – from countertops to flooring to kitchen cabinets. The 12,000 sq. ft. space is one of the largest design studios in the area and features educated and experienced 10 designers.

Basement at Ashton Woods' Claremore

Basement at Ashton Woods’ Claremore

When asked how The Studio selects the manufacturers it wants to include, Leigh White, Ashton Woods’ director of design studios said, “The design team carefully selects reputable brand partners and specialty craftsman to provide the available finishes. The design team also travels to international shows to source innovative design finishes, such as the latest addition to the Atlanta offerings – Veneta Cucine kitchens.”

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The Studio’s other locations are in Charleston, S.C.; Houston; Naples, Fla.; Orlando; Phoenix; and Raleigh, N.C.

Ashton Woods' Brookleigh Wentworth Bath

Ashton Woods’ Brookleigh Wentworth Bath